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WOW's Top 20 Singles from 1983

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THE GOLDEN YEARS

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Indulge in a little nostalgia. Rewind to 1977 and relive the music and events that defined the year.

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Highlights 1982

The Jam's final year is also their best-ever on the singles chart... Culture Club make a sensational debut Top Of The Pops appearance... ABC score three Top 10 hits... Slick videos for their three singles move Duran Duran to superstar status... Captain Sensible has one of the unlikeliest No. 1s with his synth-pop cover of Happy Talk... Eurovision winner A Little Peace is the 500th No. 1...

Biggest Chart Single

Dexy's Midnight Runners Come On Eileen Biggest Chart Hit 1982

COME ON EILEEN
Dexys Midnight Runners

Kevin Roland teamed up with a group of nomadic-looking fiddlers called The Emerald Express for this million-selling single. See Biggest Chart Singles

Biggest Chart Act

Madness Biggest Chart Act 1982

MADNESS

In the year of their only No. 1 hit, Madness reclaimed their crown as the most successful chart act ahead of The Jam in second place. See Biggest Chart Artists

NME Song of the Year

Grandmaster Flash The Message NME Song of the Year 1982

THE MESSAGE
Grandmaster Flash

The first hip-hop song to make the UK chart caught the ears of the rock and indie hacks down at the NME this year. See WOW's Top Singles for 1982

Brit for Best Single

Dexy's Midnight Runners Come On Eileen Brit for Best Song 1982

COME ON EILEEN
Dexys Midnight Runners

The Dexys beat US acts Irene Cara (Fame) and Survivor (Eye Of The Tiger) to bag the award for Best Single at the second annual Brit awards. See Biggest Chart Singles

WOW's Top Single of 1982

The Clash Straight To Hell WOW Top Single of the Year 1982

STRAIGHT TO HELL
The Clash

Far less played than the other A-side Should I Stay Or Should I Go, this song about minority injustice and neglect is still relevant today. See WOW's Top Singles for 1982

Most Played Song on the Radio

The Stranglers Golden Brown Most Played Song on Radio 1982

GOLDEN BROWN
The Stranglers

The BBC failed to realise this dreamy, harpsichord-driven pop song was about heroin and became the most played song of the year. See WOW's Top Singles for 1982
The disc received the Ivor Novello award for most performed song of 1982

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